The Cape’s Best Dorpie is ready for festive season

The greater Knysna area is ready to welcome an influx of visitors and, according to Acting Municipal Manager Roland Butler, the municipality is ready to ensure that locals and holidaymakers will enjoy uninterrupted services.

“But we’re not content with simply delivering services throughout the seasonal period,” said Butler. “Our Integrated Seasonal Readiness Plan, or ISRP, promotes a safe environment for residents and visitors. The plan will be in place until 31 January and defines clear responsibilities of relevant municipal sections for this period.”

“A heavier traffic flow can cause frustration,” he said. “Twenty temporary point duty officers will be deployed to relieve traffic congestion and zero tolerance will be shown to traffic offenders. And additional twenty temporary officers will assist our Law Enforcement Officers in their regular duties. These officers will also patrol our public recreational areas, ensuring that everyone enjoys a safe and secure summer.

“Everyone is looking forward to enjoying our beautiful parks and beaches,” he said. “To keep us safe, lifeguards will be on duty at the Buffalo Bay and Brenton 1st beaches from 1 December until 31 January, and at other beaches from 15 December to 15 January. We are in the process of finalising the repairs and maintenance to all braai and recreational facilities and a maintenance team will inspect and repair all defects on our boardwalks and playparks on a weekly basis.”

Refuse will be removed as scheduled and residents and visitors are reminded to make use of the colour coded refuse bag system: Transparent bags are for clean and dry recyclable materials; blue bags are for garden waste only and up to two bags will be collected every week; and black bags are for other ‘wet’ waste.

“Our cemeteries will remain open for all visits, but will close at 12 noon during the week between Christmas and the New Year,” Butler confirmed. “The gate in Vigilance Drive must be used for grave visits and unveilings during funerals on Saturdays and the small gate in Vigilance Dr and the gate in Marlin Dr will be open for grave visits and unveilings after funerals. Please note that our cemeteries will be closed on 16, 25 and 26 December.”

“We remind everyone that the setting off of fireworks is illegal and will not be tolerated,” he said. “Our by-laws have been written with your comfort and safety in mind, and to protect our beautiful area. We have adopted a zero tolerance approach to any transgressions of our by-laws, with a particular focus on the Road and Traffic By-law, Public Amenities By-law and the By-law for the Prevention of Public Nuisances. Any transgressors may face fines of up to R1 000.00, or imprisonment.”

“We have, unfortunately, had to impose level 3 water restrictions,” said Butler. “Our area received abnormally low rainfall during November with only 2mm recorded against a historical average of approximately 85mm. Our rivers are running very low, and we ask all residents and visitors to use water sparingly and to adhere to the necessary restrictions.”

Municipal potable water is strictly for human consumption under level 3 water restrictions. No watering of gardens or washing of vehicles and/or boats, even using a bucket, is allowed. Businesses and households are to restrict municipal water usage to 20Kl per month.

“Rather cool off in our beautiful rivers, lakes, estuaries or the ocean,” Butler concluded. “There are so many things to see, do and experience in the greater Knysna area this summer season. Get active on land and on or in the water, satisfy your foodie cravings and discover new delights, discover our local culture and art, shop ‘til you drop – or just relax. Welcome to our paradise.”

Residents can report water wastage or broken pipes on (044) 302 6311, or via WhatsApp at 060 998 7000.

Report traffic issues at 060 998 6847, and contact Law Enforcement at 060 998 7111 (after hours: 044 302 6300). Find all municipal by-laws at https://www.knysna.gov.za/government/important-documents/bylaws/.

For more information regarding the collection of refuse please contact the Waste Management Office during office hours at 044 302 6405, or after hours at 044 302 8911. Report illegal dumping at 060 998 7073.

For more information on funerals and burials please contact Ms Dorothy Potts at dpotts@knysna.gov.za or 060 998 7008

Share your favourite experiences and holiday snaps and tag your posts with #freetobesouthafrica, #knysna, #visitknysna and @visitknysna. For more information on things to do in the area, visit www.visitknysna.co.za.